25 April 2011
SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Palestinians prune trees as act of
resistance in Susiya
On the morning of 23 April, Palestinians from the village of
Susiya pruned olive trees on their land in an act of protest against land confiscation
and violence by residents from the nearby Israeli settlement, also named Susiya. Six days earlier, Israeli settlers had attacked
and injured a local Palestinian in the area near these olive trees.
The Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace
activists, began working on their trees at approximately 10:00 a.m. Almost immediately,
Israeli soldiers appeared and stood above the orchards. They did not interfere with the
At approximately 11:00 a.m., four Israeli settlers arrived,
then four more. The soldiers, now
re-enforced by Israeli police, did not allow them to approach the Palestinians
pruning the olive trees. After
talking with the settlers, the soldiers insisted that all Israelis and
internationals leave the area. The
Palestinian families were able to remain and continue working. As the Israeli and international
activists slowly departed, the soldiers moved the settlers away also. By noon, the villagers had successfully
completed their pruning of the olive trees.
Six days before the Saturday pruning action, on Sunday, 17
April, approximately fifty Israeli settlers came from Susiya settlement as
Yousef Mor, a Palestinian from the area, was grazing his sheep. According to Nasser Nawaja, a resident
of the nearby Palestinian village, two of the settlers attacked Mor, striking
him with stones and injuring his head and his right hand.
The settlers ran back to the settlement before Israeli
military and police arrived. Palestinians
in the area managed to film the settlers running back to the settlement. An ambulance took Mor to Alia hospital in
Hebron, where doctors gave him stitches and released him the same evening.